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August 2018

Billy McLaughlin (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $20

Tuesday, August 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Billy McLaughlin 3rd Tuesdays Summer RESIDENCY!!

He is recognized as an innovative performer and composer who embraces the advantages of acoustic guitar amplification, unorthodox techniques and altered tunings while celebrating a gift for melody. His enormous yet fluid acoustic guitar tone has carried him around the world, to Billboard’s Top-Ten Chart and most recently through a devastating medical disorder called focal dystonia.

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Dark Pony with special guest Henry James Patterson (Root/Soul/Pop) $7

Wednesday, August 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dark Pony 4th Wednesdays SUMMER RESIDENCY featuring special guests!!

August 22nd with Henry James Patterson

Dark Pony is the alter-ego of Minnesota based producer/performer Jon Herchert. Instead of chasing musical dragons in the far-away musical jungles of Los Angeles and New York, the Dark Pony has set out on a hero’s journey of discovery right in his own backyard. Literally his own backyard.

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The Lark and the Loon with special guests Mississippi Hot Club (Gypsy Jazz) $8

Thursday, August 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Lark and the Loon are a husband and wife songwriting duo. Roots music by simple definition their writing and song choices traverse the Americana idea in what they call an exploration of the etymology of American music. Sea shanties, Irish dance tunes, Delta and Piedmont blues, jazz, and country all weave together under the calm direction of their showmanship and love of wordplay. Their debut album "Songbirds and Fog" was the highest charted self-released album on the Folk DJ charts the month of its release and has been gaining steady fanfare from the listeners reached by this 74 minute 19 track catalog of an album.

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Ryan Lee Jones with special guest Johanna Mathews (Indie Folk) $7

Friday, August 24 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota -- Ryan Lee Jones is an American singer/songwriter and music producer. After extensive studio experimentation with acclaimed audio engineer Brian Ricke, Jones is pursuing the art of musical storytelling.

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Eliza Blue “1st of May” album release show with special guest Corpse Reviver (Americana/Folk)

Saturday, August 25 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Eliza Blue is a folk-singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. In addition to her solo work, Eliza also performs as half of the folk duo, "The Nesters" with fellow songwriter and banjoist, Jami Lynn, and she is a regular contributor to South Dakota Public Broadcasting with her monthly, “Postcards from the Prairie.” She has performed and recorded with Roma di Luna, Charlie Parr, and Chastity Brown just to name a few. Other highlights include performances at SXSW, CMJ, and Sioux River Folk Fest, as well as a slot this summer at Red Ants Pants Music Festival.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, August 26 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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Delphia Cello Quartet (Modern Classical) $6

Sunday, August 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Founded in 2017, Delphia Cello Quartet plays original arrangements of popular tunes.

Music 8-10pm

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Juno award winning blues artist PAUL REDDICK with special guest Tucker Sterling Jensen (Blues) $10

Monday, August 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Melding poetry, mystery, darkness and light, along with an extensive knowledge of the history and traditions of blues music is what makes Paul Reddick one of the most popular figures on the blues and roots music scene today. For over 25 years he’s been writing and performing his eclectic brand of blues, bringing the art form to new frontiers with his rapacious, deep vocals, masterful harmonica playing and song writing. As the unofficial poet laureate of Canadian blues, words are his weapon of choice and when he sings, it is near impossible not to listen and get lost within the songs.

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Frequency Collisions | Savannah Smith | Hannah von der Hoff (Rock Roll/Indie Soul) $6

Wednesday, August 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Frequency Collisions is a one man performing and recording project that mixes multiple genres and sounds to create heady, textured, and sonically rich music. It's thought provoking music for those aimless drives with no particular destination. Much like those drives, Frequency Collisions' music can often be perfectly wandering...and that's ok.

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The Shiny Lights Ft. Chris Lynch & John Eller (Hey Day Pop Rock) $10

Thursday, August 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Shiny Lights illuminate the Minneapolis music scene

If experience was gold, The Shiny Lights would be rich. One of the more promising new bands to pop out of the always crowded music scene in Minnesota – aka The Land of 10000 bands – in 2010, The Shiny Lights have about a century’s worth of collective experience behind them, something that is immediately evident when you hear the inspired pop/rock on their self-titled debut EP. Equally adept at up-tempo rockers and delicate pop craft – and most everything in
between – this is a band that clearly is serious about its business.

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The Harmaleighs with special guests The Home Fires (Americana/Folk) $8

Friday, August 31 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Pronunciation:
(the har-muh- lees)

The Harmaleighs honestly craft poetic, passionate, and powerful songs cut from a pastiche of indie, folk, pop and Americana. In January 2015, The Harmaleighs—Haley Grant and Kaylee Jasperson —embarked on something of a modern odyssey in support of their independent full-length debut, Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush. The band-mates and partners got rid of their Nashville apartment, put everything they owned in a storage unit, bought a van, equipped it with a bed, and hit the road with their 8-month-old pug Gus sleeping on the dash for the next nine months.

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September 2018

Wild Age with special guests (Indie Rock) $7

Saturday, September 1 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Wild Age is a Minneapolis five-piece that began churning out hooky, synth-laced guitar pop in 2015 when songwriter/guitarist McCoy Seitz and longtime friend/multi-instrumentalist Blair Ransom found themselves reunited in their home city. Joined shortly after by guitarist Matt Ahart, drummer/producer August Ogren, and bassist Leng Moua, the group has since released two EPs (2016’s sparse, vibey Two Palms and 2017’s slick, pop-centered Wild Age Goes Crazy) and a number of singles. Their upcoming release, Sea of Health, is a juxtaposition of sunny melodies and ear-worm choruses with darker lyrical themes of paranoia, introversion, and self-doubt.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, September 2 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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JEREMY YLVISAKER and Friends Present: Nights For All Time (Indie Rock) $8

Sunday, September 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Jeremy Ylvisaker is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer who has worked with John Prine, Jenny Lewis, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Andrew Bird, Sandra Bernhard, Damo Suzuki (Can), members of Prince’s New Power Generation, Mouse on Mars, Swamp Dogg, The Suburbs, film maker Chuck Statler ("The Truth About Devolution"), Merce Cunningham dance company, and many others playing on five continents in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, The Cape Town Jazz Festival, The Ed Sullivan Theater (The Late Show with David Letterman), and other television programs including Austin City Limits and the Colbert Report. He composes and improvises a variety of instrumental music, some of which to accompany dance performances such as "Stripe Tease", some of which for use in films such as "Pitchfork Unsung: Dan Corrigan", "Rhythmic" (feat. Andrew Bird), and "Trophy Husband." Some just for listening while you do your thing. And a lot of rock n roll.

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Tom West with special guests (Indie Folk) $5

Tuesday, September 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tom West is an Australian singer-songwriter performing music that traverses the rocky and undulating ground between simple, whimsical folk tunes and grand and moody soundscapes.

Delivering shows where his purposeful songwriting, unforgettable voice and intricate arrangements come to the fore. Effortlessly shifting between performing solo or with his band where banjos, saxophones & guitars complete the ramshackle wall of sound he has drawn comparisons to the likes of Volcano Choir, Andrew Bird, The Lumineers, Of Monsters & Men & Ben Howard. West’s latest work explores new boundaries in his writing and composing.

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Molly Maher | David Zollo (Americana) $8

Thursday, September 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Molly Maher is the sort of musician you see once and never forget. An incomparable singer and songwriter with compelling depth and soul and cutting lyrics draws from the deep roots of Americana music. She writes songs that ring true. Her singing is a fine balance of deep and soulful, somewhere between Lucinda Williams and Bonnie Raitt. Twangy and lament-filled spirit, guitar driven country-folk-jam with a blues swagger. Backed by a couple of Maher's Disbelievers: Erik Koskinen (guitar, vocals) ,…

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MMC Presents: Superior Siren | Syvers (Indie Rock) $8

Friday, September 7 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Join us for a quarterly showcase of Minnesota Music Coalition members ​ Superior Siren & Syvers!

The MMC is a statewide network for independent musicians who care about creating and sustaining a vibrant popular music community. Through education, communication, and advocacy, we create access to resources and professional development services.

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Light Walkers FT. Bailey Cogan (of 26 Bats!), Spencer Joles, Phillip St. John, and Mariah Mercedes (Pop/Hip-Hop) $10

Saturday, September 8 @ 8:40 pm - 11:00 pm

Join us for an evening of acoustic music and poetry featuring Bailey Cogan (of 26 Bats!), Mariah Mercedes, Spencer Joles, and Phillip St. John! Poetry by Symone Brielle & Trevor Simmons!

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, September 9 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

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An evening with Ben Glaros (Rock) $8

Saturday, September 15 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Guitarist/singer/songwriter Ben Glaros is a musical explorer for life. From his new wave days in the ‘80’s with the Tone Poets (with fellow future luminaries Michael Ferrier of Fathom Lane and Steve Roehm of the New Standards) to his current adventures as a solo artist he has never stopped making music and evolving.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, September 16 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

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The Living Street with special guests Margot (Indie Folk) $5

Monday, September 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Living Street is an indie-folk duo consisting of Nick Guckert (Guitar/Vocals) and Edward Angelo (Bass/Vocals). Guckert and Angelo grew up together in a small town twenty miles north of Pittsburgh, PA. They have been writing and performing music together for over a decade. The Living Street is fresh off a three-month tour of the east coast, and prepares to hit the road again this fall for a western tour in support of their debut, self-titled album. The Living Street…

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Daniel Champagne with special guest MO of RADDA RADDA (Singer Songwriter) $10

Tuesday, September 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.

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Austin Miller | Savannah Smith (Americana/Folk) $5

Thursday, September 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Austin Miller is a singer/songwriter from Orlando, FL. His music has been described as "Americana from someone who's seen almost all of America; heartfelt tunes that lead you into an Iron & Wine / Neil Young - flavored reverie Austin Miller Official Website https://youtu.be/xfiMxFoFDyE Savannah Smith only needs thirty seconds of your time to win you over. In a world filled to its brim with would-be young singer-songwriters, Savannah’s vocal prowess, and her absolute mastery of crafting raw and gritty…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, September 23 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

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Delphia Cello Quartet (Modern Classical) $6

Sunday, September 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Founded in 2017, Delphia Cello Quartet plays original arrangements of popular tunes.

Music 8-10pm

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Matthew Perryman Jones with special guest Molly Parden (Indie Rock) $8

Wednesday, September 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A performing songwriter by trade, Matthew Perryman Jones is actually a seeker, at heart. With each entry in his discography, his musical and moral compass points toward an artistic horizon he has yet to explore. Sometimes, he turns his gaze to examine his own inner world. Other times, he looks to the inspirations found in the letters Vincent Van Gogh penned to his brother Theo, in the idea of duende as proffered by Federico García Lorca, and in the poetic verses of Sufi poets Hafiz and Rumi.

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The Neighborhood Trio (Groovy Jazz) $7

Thursday, September 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Remember sitting in your living room as kid? The shag carpet tickling the back of your legs. You were chewing on your Marathon bar and sipping from a can of Rondo Soda while watching your favorite TV show…was it CHiPs or S.W.A.T.?… Doesn’t matter they both were great and so was the music in them. The Neighborhood Trio might just take you back to those times with their groovy 70’s theme song inspired tunes, but sorry Rondo is long gone,…

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Sawyer’s Dream CD release party with special guest Justin Law (Rock N Roll) $7

Saturday, September 29 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Sawyer’s Dream is excited to release their long awaited debut cd at the Aster Cafe!

Sawyer's Dream is an all original, 70s vibe rock band with amazing vocals. It’s a modern take on classic pop-rock. Beautiful vocal harmonies soar over a powerhouse rhythm section, while acoustic and electric guitars fill the spaces in between with inventive riffs and sonic colors. Sawyer's Dream will take you back in time, to a place where dreams, nature and human kindness ruled the day.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, September 30 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

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October 2018

Sam Weber | Lena Elizabeth (Indie Folk) $5

Monday, October 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hailing from the open skies and minds of Victoria, BC, singer-songwriter and guitarist Sam Weber has gone from strength to strength with gigs and EP releases that have caught the imagination of listeners and media across the world. His ambitious, masterful debut full-length album Shadows in the Road is the culmination of years already spent intensely focused on gigging and recording.

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JEREMY YLVISAKER and Friends Present: Nights For All Time (Indie Rock) $8

Thursday, October 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Jeremy Ylvisaker is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer who has worked with John Prine, Jenny Lewis, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Andrew Bird, Sandra Bernhard, Damo Suzuki (Can), members of Prince’s New Power Generation, Mouse on Mars, Swamp Dogg, The Suburbs, film maker Chuck Statler ("The Truth About Devolution"), Merce Cunningham dance company, and many others playing on five continents in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, The Cape Town Jazz Festival, The Ed Sullivan Theater (The Late Show with David Letterman), and other television programs including Austin City Limits and the Colbert Report. He composes and improvises a variety of instrumental music, some of which to accompany dance performances such as "Stripe Tease", some of which for use in films such as "Pitchfork Unsung: Dan Corrigan", "Rhythmic" (feat. Andrew Bird), and "Trophy Husband." Some just for listening while you do your thing. And a lot of rock n roll.

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M French “Sweet Love” Album Release Show with special guest Julia Christi Ann (Americana) $12

Saturday, October 20 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Singer-songwriter M FRENCH has quickly become a regular on the burgeoning Twin Cities Americana music scene. Known for his positive and uplifting live shows, French's melodies transport and his lyrics tell a story. Our story. A human story. Raised in small town Ohio and now residing in Minneapolis, French released his EP Winding Road in 2016. Building on the success of Winding Road, French's debut full length album, Sweet Love, releases in the Fall of 2018. Sweet Love offers 10 original songs exploring the Americana landscape. Produced by Danny O’Brien (The Farewell Circuit, DEM YUUT), and recorded during the long Minnesota winter of 2018, the tracks provide a sonic foundation built upon catchy guitar hooks, and the blending of pedal steel and synth lines. French unpacks universal themes of love, kindness and community with a conversational lyricism that invites the listener to find themselves in his stories. M French's audiences feel themselves reflected in the warmth of his voice. Not strangers, just unmet friends.

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Mae Simpson with Lena Elizabeth and 3 Minutes to Midnight (Folk/Soul) $8

Saturday, October 27 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Mae Simpson is a singer/ songwriter born in Beaufort South Carolina. From a very early age, she would find herself singing songs that she had never heard, because they were hers. Throughout the years, she has found love in the music that she writes, with passion, soul, and a rawness reflected with each lyric. Today she works with talented hand picked musicians in the Twin cities, hoping to bring soul and female power back to the local music scene. Mae…

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November 2018

The Melvilles (Folk Rock) $7

Friday, November 30 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

David moved in across the alley from Karl. Steve bumped into David at a bar. David took a job at Dan’s company. Dan told us about a family member of his, Brian, and Brian had been in another band with Jeff. We all write and arrange songs together. The result is a friendly mongrel with a twangy, funky, bluesy, jangly, rock & roll bark.

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December 2018
$25

Live in the RIVER ROOM: Bryan White Holiday Show $25 Adv / $30 Cash Door

Sunday, December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for an intimate night with award-winning country artist Bryan White! Doors 7pm Music 8pm Ticket sales end 12pm noon Sunday Dec 2nd, 2018. Remaining seats and standing room available at 7pm Doors for $30 Cash. NO REFUNDS. NO EXCEPTIONS. SEATING IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. BAR SERVICE ONLY. If you'd like to join us for dinner before or after the show in our Cafe, please make a reservation at 612-379-3138. http://bryanwhite.com https://www.facebook.com/BryanWhiteFans/ Bryan was born in Lawton/Fort Sill,…

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